Chronic Illness

It’s OK You Admit Your Chronic Illness Sucks

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  By Kalee Oravec  in The Mighty. I’ve been sick my whole life. I’ve never been able to keep up with my friends because of fatigue, and my pain interfered with all of my past hobbies. You might think I’m used to it by now, but I’m not. No, it still sucks. A lot. It sucks because I […]

This Is What Living With Chronic Pain Is Really Like

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    By Julia Ries in Huffpost.   This story is from HuffPost in the US – and part of Pain in America, a nine-part series looking at some of the underlying causes of the opioid addiction crisis and how we treat pain. Chronic pain comes in all different shapes and sizes — it burns, […]

It Can Be Hard For Men Of My Generation To Talk About Their Feelings

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By Mandy Appleyard in The Telegraph.   Older people face a crisis of loneliness but even a quick chat can make a big, big difference. Here’s how JJ and Steve formed a connection through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich JJ, 80, is a retired construction worker from Eltham in London When my wife Madeleine died, […]

To Those Who Find My Illness ‘Hard To Understand’ When They See Me Smiling

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    By Tiffany Early in The Mighty.   My husband and I had a conversation about how others perceive my illness the other day. It wasn’t a confrontational conversation — it was more the random musings that happen when you’re waiting for dinner to come out of the oven. Joe mentioned that a mutual friend had once […]

Whatever You Do Today, Let It Be Enough

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I wrote this post especially for ProHealth Inspirational Corner and it first appeared there on the 11th March 2019. “Your worth is not measured by your productivity” We live in a society that teaches us that unless we are pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone, […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘You Might Think I Look Better But I Still Feel Horrible Every Day’

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By Laura Abernethy in The Metro. Amy Norris, 23, from Southampton has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis) (CFS/ME). As part of our, You Don’t Look Sick series about invisible illnesses, Amy chatted to Metro.co.uk about living with both conditions and how most people still don’t understand chronic […]

Challenging Insensitive Comments And “Who Has It Worse” Competitions

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      By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   “Life is not a competition. Life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential.” Does anyone else feel like they have to bite their tongue a lot? Do you hide a lot of what you are feeling […]

Developing Chronic Fatigue Taught Me To Live In The Moment

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  By Chloe Cooper in Voices.   In early January 2019, I was doing what I do every year – reviewing my achievements of the past 12 months and setting my goals for the year to come. Like countless others who go through the same process, this felt like an essential step to becoming the […]

“Neither Dying, Nor Recovering”: Learning From ICUs To Solve ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia – A Synopsis

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    By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    From Dominic   I believe observations made in Intensive Care Units can further understanding of ME/CFS.   Indeed, following a severe injury or infection some ICU patients fail to begin recovery for unknown reasons. This condition, termed “chronic” or “prolonged critical illness,” is characterized by neuroendocrine dysfunctions perpetuated by cytokines and oxidative/nitrosative stress. Regardless of the initial injury or […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Think I’m Too Young To Be Disabled’

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    By Laura Abernethy in The Metro. ‘But you don’t look sick’ is something that people with chronic illnesses often hear. Others judge them based on their idea of what disability looks like. Our series speaks to a different person each week about their experiences of living with a long term condition and how […]

The Best Analogy To Explain ‘Energy Debt’ With Chronic Illness

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    By Teresa Ledwith in The Mighty.   The other day I was struggling, as many of us with chronic illness do, to explain myself to a friend. As usual, I had to give up. I can’t explain to her why it’s not easy for me to drive in and out of my nearest city (an […]

Why Friendships Can Be Difficult With A Chronic Illness

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    By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   There is a saying that goes, “It’s amazing how chronic illness turns friends into strangers and strangers into friends.” Maintaining friendships can be difficult for those of us with chronic illness. It may be hard for friends to understand the challenges we face, and the limitations our ill-health places on […]

Struggling to Accept the Days When Illness Keeps Me From Doing Anything

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By Sally Doherty in The Mighty.   I’ve had some of those awful days recently (they happen now and then, and more often than I’d like). You know the type: days when instead of your bed being somewhere that you go to rest, your bed becomes a prison that you can barely get out of. […]

I Believe You: Three Powerful Words For The Chronically Ill

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    By Laura Chamberlain in Laura’s Pen.   Sometimes, you feel alone in your suffering and misunderstood. Sometimes, all you need is someone to say they believe you… I believe you. Those are three very powerful words. When I put together my post on what you SHOULD say to your chronically ill friend, I received […]

16 Everyday Tasks, And What They Feel Like For A Person With Chronic Fatigue

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    By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   One of the most common (and frustrating) symptoms those with chronic illness face is chronic fatigue: an overwhelming sense of exhaustion that can be debilitating, and is much different than “just being tired.” (It’s also different than chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, a separate illness with its own set of symptoms.) […]

The Struggle Of Identifying Pain

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    By Lindsay Glenne.   How do you know when to seek help? When you have a chronic illness, it’s really hard to differentiate between your usual pain, and something new. With an illness like fibromyalgia, it can sometimes be even harder. It effects every single part of your body and a flare can […]

GABA and Glutamate in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well Health.   GABA and glutamate are neurotransmitters—chemical messengers in your brain. One is calming, one is stimulating, and they’re supposed to stay in balance with each other. So what happens if this balance is thrown off?​ Some research suggests an imbalance of these two substances may play a role […]

A Love Letter To Anyone Who Struggled To Shower Today

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    By Sarah Mariann Martland in The Mighty.   This is a love letter to all those for whom showering is repeatedly a laborious exercise, physically, emotionally or both. To those who spend days putting it off because you know just how exhausting or painful it feels, right down to your bones, just to stand under the […]

No One Prepares You For The Grief Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Asa Lovell  in The Mighty.   No one prepares you for the grief and feelings of inadequacy you get when you have chronic illnesses. They make such a huge impact on your life that they derail you, stop you from achieving the things you’re working for in the time you’d planned. You […]

Confessions Of A Chronic Fatigue Skeptic

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    By Shell Pettifer in The Mighty.   “Chronic fatigue, my arse!” I have a confession to make. I have oftentimes throughout my life internally judged people for being overly dramatic. There, I’ve said it. I am a closet censure. I am guilty of internal eye rolls, doubtful compassion and quite frankly some completely uneducated […]

What I Hear When You Tell Me ‘But You Look Fine’

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  By Melanie Leong  in The Mighty.   Fairly recently, I had this weird experience where a person with a chronic illness threw the “but you look fine!” line on me. I am pretty certain I didn’t respond. In fact, I don’t really recall what happened afterwards because I was in shock. Isn’t it chronic illness code that we […]

Practical Solutions To Everyday Spoonie Problems

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Having a chronic illness means everyday tasks can be challenging, exhausting and painful. But there are steps we can take to make life easier, to limit the stress caused and to conserve our energy for more enjoyable activities. Here are some practical solutions to […]

The Secret Of Change: Spend Your Energy Wisely With Chronic Illness

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    From A Chronic Voice.   Chronic illness is a monster consumer of energy, leaving little to spare. Why waste it on unnecessary thoughts and unchangeable circumstances? So I ask myself, “what can I do to make things better? Is there something I’d like to create for myself today? How can I become a […]

The Struggle To Balance Between Resting And Using Energy When You’re Chronically Sick

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  By Chelsea Morris in The Mighty.   Balance! How do we achieve it? I think for any human being balance is very difficult. But for those of us with chronic pain and disease it seems to be even harder. I wake up one day and feel actually pretty good. So I want to accomplish more than […]

When Illness Makes You Give Up The Commitments And Activities You Love

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  By Lexie in The Mighty.   I just made one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Many of you can relate to my story. I’ve seen countless doctors, integrative general practitioners, naturopaths, chiropractors, and specialists over the last few years. When they couldn’t explain my symptoms, they diagnosed me with chronic […]

Running On Empty – Do Not Pass “Go”

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  By Sam in the My Medical Musings Blog.     We all have moments in life when we hit a brick wall physically and perhaps mentally. It happens to the healthy and chronically ill alike. I remember in my “healthier” life, I’d get to the end of my working week and I’d be exhausted. […]

When You Can’t Stop Mourning The Person You Were Before Chronic Illness

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By Jamie Janinski in The Mighty.   Four years ago, I went to my doctor complaining of excessive tiredness and having so much pain in my hands that I couldn’t squeeze my shampoo bottle while showering. Four years ago, I received a call telling me I needed to see a rheumatologist right away because my […]

12 Things That Happen When You Have A Chronic Illness

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  By Ally Teixeira in The Mighty.   Having a chronic illness isn’t easy. All of us chronically ill warriors may feel alone, but we all have a lot in common! Here are 12 things that happen when you’re chronically ill. You know you have a chronic illness when… 1. Doing your hair feels like some serious […]

Chronic Illness: Aren’t You Glad It Isn’t Worse ?

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  From The Brainless Blogger.   Okay, so stop telling people it could be worse. Yeah. It could be worse. It can always be worse. But it sure as hell could be better. We are aware it could be worse. We tell ourselves this sometimes to get through. Hell, sometimes worse happens and we are […]

The Difference Between ‘Rest’ And ‘Bad’ Days For My Chronic Illness

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    By Amy Saunders in The Mighty.   Living with an illness is hard. It means being ill. It means constant worry that you’re going to be ill. And it means your life is spent managing your illness to avoid being ill. You can have days when you feel on top of the world […]

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First Powerchair For Chronic Illness

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    By Natasha Lipman.   It took me a long time to come to terms with deciding to become a wheelchair user, but when I knew that I was ready it was like a switch flicked in my brain. For the first time in years, I had a ‘real job’, and even the few […]

If Your Chronic Illness Is Making You Want to Give Up

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  By Candida Reece in The Mighty. Having a chronic illness can mean life can be rough. It means going to the store with only one sock on because you didn’t want to go through the pain to find the other one; or maybe your shirt is inside out, or you have two different shoes, or clothes […]

5 Reasons We Should Never Assume Someone Isn’t In Pain

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      By Christina Carrell in The Mighty.   I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet’s “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies” (spoiler: I’m not an artist and the end result bore little resemblance to the […]

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